How to Write Micro-fiction

A step-by-step to write a micro-fiction story

Britanny Levy
The Backstages of Writing
5 min readNov 13, 2019

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Last year, I became addicted to writing micro-fiction.

It all started with Twitter and the hashtag #vss365. Daily, a word-prompt is posted, and you have to write a story up to 280 characters, that includes the #word. I also participated in a few #SeducemeSunday prompts.

When Twitter became highly distractive (meaning: a massive weapon of procrastination), I gave it up. My priority was to write my novel, and I was doing anything but.

I stopped participating in #vss365, but my passion for micro-fiction was well alive. I kept writing and publishing it; honing my skills: not only for micro-fiction but as a fiction writer.

Micro-fiction is much more than compact a story: it’s an arduous version of fiction writing. Let me elucidate you why:

What is micro-fiction?

A micro-fiction piece is a story told in 300 or fewer words. It’s a subset of flash fiction, which limits stories to 1000 words.

Ernest Hemingway wrote the most famous micro-story. He used only six words:

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

The challenge of writing a micro-story is to make every word count. You must pick meaningful words and build strong sentences.

The structure of a micro-story

Like any other fiction piece, a micro-story has a sequence: a beginning, a middle, and an end. It includes a twist or a conflict: either it’s a change in the character (character arc) or a twist in the plot. The micro-story also has a scenario, which doesn’t need much detail - you don’t have enough length to incorporate descriptions.

A step-by-step to draft a micro-story

1. Chose a primary emotion

When reading a fiction piece, readers want emotion; they want to feel something. In 300 words or less, you are limited to offer them that. You can’t extrapolate in many emotions or into a complex plot. You have to be direct.

The trick to incite emotion in less than 300 words is to focus on a single one. The emotion…

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Britanny Levy
The Backstages of Writing

Writing on Personal Development; Relationships; Fiction and Writing.